How to make it

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In workbowl of food processor, process 2/3 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons orange zest until pale orange, about 10 seconds; transfer sugar to 8- or 9-inch cake pan and set aside.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in medium bowl until thoroughly combined; set aside.
  • In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and 1 teaspoon grated orange zest with brown sugar and remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to medium-low and add yolk and vanilla; increase speed to medium and beat until incorporated, about 20 seconds. Reduce speed to medium-low and add molasses; beat until fully incorporated, about 20 seconds, scraping bottom and sides of bowl once with rubber spatula.
  • Reduce speed to lowest setting; add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping bowl down once.
  • Give dough final stir with rubber spatula to ensure that no pockets of flour remain at bottom. Dough will be soft.
  • (At this point, you can chill the dough if you wish.)
  • Using tablespoon measure, scoop heaping tablespoon of dough and roll between palms into 1 1/2-inch ball; drop ball into cake pan with sugar and repeat to form about 4 balls.
  • Toss balls in orange sugar to coat and set on prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are browned, still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone), about 11 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes, then use wide metal spatula to transfer cookies to wire rack; cool cookies to room temperature and serve.
  • (Can be stored at room temperature in airtight container or zipper-lock plastic bag up to 5 days.)
  • Makes 24 cookies

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    " It was excellent "
    gderr ate it and said...
    awesome cookies! ma in -law is in process of moving in...I wanted a diversion from fiddling with the her and the wife. you MUST roll these guys in the orange sugar. spicy sweet crunchy and has that ginger burn. one of the best cookies I've ever eaten!
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    " It was excellent "
    gderr ate it and said...
    I was bored sh@tless and made these, thinking I could smell the house up good. these stunk just fine ,but tasted better! a winner!
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    " It was excellent "
    Cosmicmother ate it and said...
    Oh my heavens! This is the best Molasses cookie I've ever had!! Yummy!! The baking directions are spot on too. I can see these being on my xmas cookie platter every year for now on! :) More info here: Molasses Spice Cookies With Orange Essence
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  • mommyluvs2cook 2 years ago Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    otterpond ate it and said...
    These Molasses Spice Cookies With Orange Essence/saved cookies are perfect. The orange sugar used to roll the cookie dough scents the cookies with orange and makes the cookies crispy. Uploaded a couple of photos. One of my Father-in-law risking his skin to snatch them off the plate straight out of the oven.
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    " It was excellent "
    otterpond ate it and said...
    Unbelievably my husband said he wanted orange cookies with a molasses taste to them. He didn't know such a recipe existed, nor did I. This is just the ticket. I'll take pictures to show you how they turn out when I make them this week.
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  • lunasea 8 years ago
    Sounds delightful, Conner - love the addition of the orange zest ino this spice-filled cookie. I'll be making these soon. Thank you - great post! =)
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